Saturday, 10 April 2010

Leaning Tower of Colander




Yesterday in a bid to keep the Doctor busy while I clocked up some 'me minutes' we set up an activity he was gangbusters for.

He gathered the goodies, I gave him a few more, and away he went, building a water fountain.

This was an excellent practice in concetration, balance and problem solving. Many times the fountain tumbled. And many times he was disgruntled. He wanted me to build it. But I wouldn't. I helped a few times. I gave him some pointers, but I left him to work on it - and he was triumphant. Until we introduced the hose which sent the fountain toppling. But that was ok because it was fun to the max.
We used cups, plates, colanders, plastic colanders (from ricotta), anything will do really as long as water can overflow, flow through etc.

This is an idea we gleaned from Jo England's Happy Times Together. Lots of great ideas to do with older kids in here.

11 comments:

Jessi said...

how cute!!

Shine Little Light* said...

hehe, awesome. ive got that baby blue colander :)

Mama Mogantosh said...

An excellent idea - thanks for the link. Good way to make the most of last sunny days for a while.

angela said...

A great way to get the dish washing done too me thinks ; )

I've awarded you a kreative blogger award on my blog tonight, because you deserve it clever lady!!! Hope you can play along!

Home Girl said...

loving tiny's little ponytail, she is such a scrumptious wee hellcat. this looks like it would be a thumbs up activity round these parts, thanks for some much needed inspiration.

Trash said...

Oh IKEA plates and cups, you are internationally beloved.

Two Tuesdays said...

I love that you have so many colanders!

Megan.K. said...

You're just trying to impress @jamie_oliver now, aren't you ;)

I'm impressed... very! (I'll be sure to let @jamie_oliver know too)

Did I just drop something? Oh yes. there it is. @jamie_oliver...

sophie said...

That is so cool! I swear all Lu and Evie need for fun is the sand pit, some plastic containers and the hose - they can play with that for an age!

Tania said...

That would make an excellent change from the usual potion-making that goes on around here (can't tell you the all sorts of vile I found in a bucket of water this afternoon)...

flossy-p said...

That's awesome! :D